18.7k voters

The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time

Updated March 22, 2021 255.1k votes 18.7k voters 1.1m views281 items

List RulesThe funny females on this list can be from the world of stand up comedy, television, radio or cinema.

The funniest female comedians star on our favorite sitcoms, perform standup at the top comedy clubs and best of all, make us laugh until we cry. These talented women comedians (or 'commediennes' if you're fancy) are just as funny as any male comedians, if not funnier. Plus, they get to tell female-friendly jokes that most men wouldn't touch with a 10-foot pole. Girl comedians can just do some jokes better than the guys can.

Alone, these female comedians are utterly hilarious on their own, but when they team up, watch out. That was exactly the case in 2011 when funny ladies like Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy teamed up with some of the funniest minds in film today to make the smash comedy hit Bridesmaids. Previously, the blonde comedian was known mainly for her many quirky characters on Saturday Night Live, but she's more than just a funny lady, she's a smart (and beautiful!) one too.

For others, the leap from the gut-busting standup acts to primetime television came after the female comedians got noticed by the networks. Chelsea Handler, Whitney Cummings and even Ellen DeGeneres all paid their dues on the standup circuit before getting their own television series.

Whether these talented female comedians make us laugh with their television shows, appear in hilarious comedy movies, are familiar faces on Comedy Central or simply provide the best hilariously inappropriate jokes on celebrity roasts, each rival any of the top male comedians in the business today. Some of them are considered to be the funniest people of all time. Have a funny lady that makes you laugh until you wet your pants? White or black, young or old, tell us your favorites by voting up the best female comedians below.

  • 1
    Carol Creighton Burnett (born April 26, 1933) is an American actress, comedian, singer and...  more

    More Carol Burnett 

    #293 of 904 Celebrity Death Pool 2021#5 of 574 American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures

  • 2
    Betty Marion White Ludden (born January 17, 1922) is an American actress and comedian, with...  more

    More Betty White 

    #5 of 49 The Most Influential Women Of 2021#1 of 309 Famous People Most Likely to Live to 100

  • 3

    Lucille Ball

    Dec. at 78 (1911-1989)
    Lucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an American actress, comedian,...  more

    More Lucille Ball 

    The Complicated And Dark History Of Lucille Ball And Desi Arnaz's Marriage#912 of 1,355 The Greatest Minds of All Time

  • 4

    Gilda Radner

    Dec. at 43 (1946-1989)
    Gilda Susan Radner (June 28, 1946 – May 20, 1989) was an American comedian and actress who was...  more

    More Gilda Radner 

    #42 of 233 The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time#33 of 69 The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni

  • 5

    Tina Fey

    Age: 50
    Elizabeth Stamatina "Tina" Fey (born May 18, 1970) is an American actress, comedian, writer,...  more

    More Tina Fey 

    #37 of 94 The Most Influential Women of 2019#14 of 69 Celebrities with the Weirdest Middle Names

  • 6
    Kristen Carroll Wiig (; born August 22, 1973) is an American actress, comedian, writer, and...  more

    More Kristen Wiig 

    The Best Kristen Wiig Characters of All Time#175 of 269 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities In The World

  • 7

    Madeline Kahn

    Dec. at 57 (1942-1999)
    Madeline Gail Kahn (born Madeline Gail Wolfson; September 29, 1942 – December 3, 1999) was an...  more

    More Madeline Kahn 

    #244 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive#53 of 339 The Funniest People Of All Time

  • 8
    Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus Hall (; born January 13, 1961) is an American actress,...  more

    More Julia Louis-Dreyfus 

    #1330 of 2,753 The Most Influential People of All Time#58 of 75 The Greatest Guest Appearances in The Simpsons History

  • 9
    Melissa Ann McCarthy (born August 26, 1970) is an American actress, comedian, writer,...  more

    More Melissa McCarthy 

    The Best Melissa McCarthy Movies#3 of 13 Actors Who Almost Quit Acting Right Before Landing Their Big Role

  • 10
    Amy Meredith Poehler (; born September 16, 1971) is an American actress, comedian, director,...  more

    More Amy Poehler 

    Which Amy Poehler Character Are You, According To Your Zodiac Sign?#14 of 25 Times Actors Gave Unexpectedly Honest Answers To Interview Questions

  • 11
    Mary Jean "Lily" Tomlin (born September 1, 1939) is an American actress, comedian, writer,...  more

    More Lily Tomlin 

    The Best Lily Tomlin Characters of All Time#92 of 213 The Greatest American Actresses Of All Time

  • 12
    Catherine Anne O'Hara (born March 4, 1954) is a Canadian actress, writer, and comedian. She...  more

    More Catherine O'Hara 

    The Best Catherine O'Hara Movies#161 of 831 The Best Actresses In Film History

  • 13
    Jane Therese Curtin (born September 6, 1947) is an American actress and comedian. She is...  more

    More Jane Curtin 

    #5 of 22 Unicef Goodwill Ambassadors For The United States#7 of 43 The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

  • 14
    Kathryn McKinnon Berthold (born January 6, 1984) is an American actress, comedian, and...  more

    More Kate McKinnon 

    All Of Kate McKinnon's SNL Characters#1 of 17 The Best Current SNL Cast Members

  • 15
    Cloris Leachman (April 30, 1926 – January 26, 2021) was an American actress and comedian. In a...  more

    More Cloris Leachman 

    #88 of 289 The Best 'Dancing With The Stars' Contestants, Ranked#21 of 32 Celebrities Who Have Always Been Old

  • 16

    Estelle Getty

    Dec. at 85 (1923-2008)
    Estelle Getty (née Scher; also known as Estelle Gettleman; July 25, 1923 – July 22, 2008) was...  more

    More Estelle Getty 

    #5 of 189 Famous People Buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery#11 of 38 Famous People With Parkinson's Disease

  • 17
    Megan Mullally (born November 12, 1958) is an American actress, comedian and singer. She is...  more

    More Megan Mullally 

    Times Nick Offerman And Megan Mullally Were The Most Hilarious (And Adorable) Couple Around#208 of 267 The Funniest Female TV Characters

  • 18

    Bea Arthur

    Dec. at 87 (1922-2009)
    Beatrice Arthur (born Bernice Frankel; May 13, 1922 – April 25, 2009) was an American actress...  more

    More Bea Arthur 

    #56 of 101 The Most Beloved US Veterans#9 of 105 Celebrities Who Have Starred on Broadway

  • 19
    Maya Khabira Rudolph (born July 27, 1972) is an American actress, voice artist, comedian, and...  more

    More Maya Rudolph 

    #43 of 223 The Greatest Black Actresses Of All Time#17 of 18 18 Actors Who Always Make Bad Movies Better

  • 20
    Tracey Ullman (born 30 December 1959) is a British-American actress, comedian, singer, dancer,...  more

    More Tracey Ullman 

    #466 of 602 The Best Female Vocalists Ever#40 of 54 The Best English Actresses Working Today

  • 21
    Mary Tyler Moore is an American actress, primarily known for her roles in television sitcoms....  more

    More Mary Tyler Moore 

    #69 of 100 The Most Beautiful Women Of The '70s#25 of 147 Celebrities Who Practice Transcendental Meditation

  • 22

    Vicki Lawrence

    Age: 71
    Vicki Ann Lawrence (born Vicki Ann Axelrad; born March 26, 1949), sometimes credited as Vicki...  more


    #32 of 104 The Best One-Hit Wonders of the 1970s#390 of 464 The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time

  • 23
    Christina Applegate (born November 25, 1971) is an American actress and dancer. As an...  more

    More Christina Applegate 

    The Best Christina Applegate Movies#114 of 318 The Most Beautiful Women Of 2021, Ranked

  • 24
    Joan Mary Cusack (; born October 11, 1962) is an American actress and comedian. She received...  more

    More Joan Cusack 

    #109 of 201 The Best Actresses Working Today#63 of 186 The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

  • 25
    Rhea Jo Perlman (born March 31, 1948) is an American actress and author, best known for her...  more

    More Rhea Perlman 

    #799 of 1,883 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History#156 of 452 The Best TV Actors And Actresses Of All Time